“A distinctly original type following swiss lines, yet this beautiful structure is perfectly adapted to modern ideas of what an American home should be.” That is the description given to the Aladdin Massachusetts when it was first offered in their 1913 catalog. I love reading the descriptions leading in to the Aladdin homes! The Aladdin Massachusetts was offered in 1913, 1914, 1915, and 1916. In 1917 Aladdin made a few changes and it became the Shadow Lawn. They offered the Shadow Lawn every year from 1917-1922. It became one of their most popular models.
Here is the catalog cover of my 1914 Aladdin catalog which features the Massachusetts on the front and through out the catalog.
Webb City Missouri is home to a catalog perfect Aladdin Massachusetts! When the homeowner contacted me quite some time ago I was impressed with how exact it is to the original Bay City Michigan model. Then, he sent me photos of the interior. I was even more impressed. I couldn’t believe how this house had escaped all of the remuddling many of these homes endure over the years. A beautiful Aladdin Massachusetts! Let’s take a look.
The Aladdin 1916 catalog features several interior views of the Bay City home. Let’s go inside!
Did you notice the living room chandelier? That is ORIGINAL and was also purchased from Aladdin! Fixtures were not included in the “kit” but available for purchase.
Let’s see the dining room next! But, as we pass through the French doors notice the original Aladdin Hardware.
Now, let’s go upstairs and see a few views there!
Just two more photos tonight and I’ll finish this in part II. There’s more!
And, a special Holiday treat….thanks to Aladdin Historian Dale Wolicki for sharing his photo of William Sovereign’s Aladdin Massachusetts which became the catalog model home through 1922 when the Shadow Lawn was discontinued. The house suffered a fire in August 1993 but was meticulously restored to its original state.
There’s more to this blog and I’ll finish that in part II. This blog has already been long enough although most of it has been catalog images and wonderful photos. A special thanks to Mark Poole, the homeowner, for sharing so many wonderful photos of his beautiful Aladdin home. (There are more to share in part II.) It has been a pleasure to feature such a beautiful and original home. We don’t see many that remain this original 100 years later!
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And…thanks to Rosemary Thornton for,well, everything!
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